Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Polish Classic Recipes

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review - Polish Classic Recipes

About the Book
Hospitality and hearty food are the hallmarks of the Polish dining experience. This classic and concise cookbook features dozens of favorite Polish dishes showcasing a variety of flavors, preparation techniques, and ingredient selections. With titles given in both Polish and English, recipes range from cucumber salad and beet soup to pork cutlets and potato pancakes. A chapter devoted to pierogi presents the dumplings with an assortment of fillings, and the final chapter of sweets tops off any meal in true Polish fashion. Like all the books in Pelican's Classic Recipe Series, the entries in this collection were carefully selected to provide a cross section of memorable and authentic dishes. Organized by course, the offerings range from appetizers and salads to sides and sweets, featuring the most iconic and national of dishes--Hunter's Stew and Barszcz--alongside simple comfort food and a handful of desserts, including honey cake, poppy seed rolls, and chocolate mazurka.

Designed for the modern kitchen yet retaining traditional roots, each heritage recipe has been tested to perfection. Accompanied by notes on Polish holiday customs, history, and menu pairing suggestions, these dishes offer a flavorful sample of the Polish dining experience, as passed down from generation to generation.

About the Author

Laura and Peter Zeranski are a husband-and-wife team who have been cooking and eating classic Polish food together for decades. Peter Zeranski was born in Europe to Polish parents. He is a retired marketing professional. His family's love for Polish cuisine and traditions is showcased in The Art of Polish Cooking, the critically acclaimed cookbook his mother Alina Zeranska wrote in 1968. Laura Zeranski learned to cook Polish dishes from her mother-in-law and began preparing Sunday family dinners and special holiday celebratory meals. Laura is a retired health records administrator who has consulted with clients throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The couple resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

My Take on the Book
My wife is half polish and she enjoys sharing her family's culture and food with our family as she can. One of our favorite family meals are pierogi's. When I was asked to check out this book I knew that she would be excited to try out some of the recipes. When she went through the book I was not disappointed. Her eyes lit up and she was immediately drawn to some of the recipes she remembered her Grandmother making. She was very excited to see Angel Wing Crisps as they were one of her favorite memories of her Grandmother growing up. She immediately wanted to try them out, and let me tell you... though they are not healthy, they are delicious.

So if you are polish, or simply love polish food, this book has a great variety of traditional recipes that are easy to make and delicious, check this book out today!

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